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Allied Health Professions (Cooperative)

The preparatory programs in allied health science encompass those health areas in which individuals support, aid, and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare professionals as contributing members of a health-care team. Programs in this area combine natural science and liberal arts education. Students who complete any of these programs may enter the profession immediately or select additional education in health care. Often, a master’s degree is required by employers.

Moravian College has a facilitation transfer program with Jefferson University to enable students to complete studies in these areas. Students may, however, continue their education at any number of schools throughout the country and abroad.

Health Scienes Major

The health sciences major is intended for students who wish to pursue careers in allied health professions after completing their undergraduate career at Moravian.  Such programs include physical therapy, occupational therapy, and athletic training/exercise science.  Students wishing to pursue medical school, veterinary school, dental school, or a physicians’ assistant program are advised to pursue majors in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, or neuroscience, and are advised to consult with the health professions advisor on an appropriate curricular choice for their interests.

Each of the program areas listed above requires additional education beyond the undergraduate degree.  Students are advised to consult with the health professions advisor on specific program prerequisites and program requirements.
Students pursuing programs in the health sciences take Economics 156, Math 107, or another statistics course as their F2 (Quantitative Reasoning) requirement.  Students in the health sciences should take Phil 259, Medical Ethics, or Sociology 3xx, Bioethics: a social perspective, as their U1 or Nursing 360, Ethical Issues in Healthcare, as their U2 requirement.

All students, regardless of intended career or concentration, must complete Biology 103 and Biology 104, Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2, as well as Psychology 120 and Health 310, Research Methodology in the Health Sciences (writing-intensive).  In the third of fourth year of study all students enroll in HLTH 285.2 or 285, Clinical Observer, to complete the required number of clinical observer hours expected for enrollment into the graduate program of their choice. In addition, in the last term of undergraduate study, students enroll in the capstone course, Health 385.2, Social Issues in Health Science.

Upon declaring a major in health sciences, students select one of the following tracks, based on their intended career path:

   Chemistry 108 Fundamentals of Chemistry
   Health 231 Nutrition for Health Sciences
   Health 260 Kinesiology
   Health 360 Exercise Physiology
   Health 361 Prevention and Management of Athletic Injuries
   Physics 109 -OR- Physics for Life Sciences 1 -OR-
   Physics 111 General Physics 1
   Psychology 260 Sports Psychology (may not be included)

2 additional courses, chosen from the list of elective courses below

In addition, before matriculation into an athletic training program, students need to complete CPR certification, AED certification, and first-aid certification, at their own expense.  Some schools will include the advanced first-aid certification as part of the athletic training curriculum.

Occupational Therapy

   Chemistry 108 Fundamentals of Chemistry
   Psychology 207 Lifespan Development
   Psychology 362 Abnormal Psychology
   Sociology 115 Introductory Sociology

4 additional courses, chosen from the list of elective courses below.

Physical Therapy

   Biology 112 General Zoology
   one additional course in biology, to be selected in consultation with an advisor
   Chemistry 113 General Chemistry 1
   Chemistry 114 General Chemistry 2
   Physics 109 & 110 -OR- Physics for Life Sciences 1 and 2 -OR-
   Physics 111 & 112 General Physics 1 and 2
   Psychology 207 Lifespan Development
   Psychology 362 Abnormal Psychology

one additional course, chosen from the list of elective courses below.

Health Sciences elective courses

   Biology 206 Microbiology 1
   Economics 211 Economics of Health Care 2
   Health 231 Nutrition 3
   Health 240 Health Behavior 4
   Health 260 Kinesiology
   Health 361 Management and Prevention of Sports Injuries
   Psychology 260 Sports Psychology
   Psychology 361 Personality
   Sociology 115 Introductory Sociology

1 Students may complete, as electives, EITHER Biology 206 or 235, but not both.
2 Economics 152 is a prerequisite.
3 This course is currently being proposed as a catalog addition as part of the Public Health offerings.
4 This course is being developed as part of the Public Health program offerings.

Additionally, with the increasing need for educated home health care workers and health care assistants, students in the health sciences major are recommended to consider a minor in business management, composing the following courses:

   Accounting 157 Principles of Accounting
   Economics 152 Principles of Economics
   Management 223 Organizational Management

two management or economics electives, chosen in consultation with an advisor

Courses in Health Science

Health 260.  Kinesiology.  Upon completion of this course, a student should be able to identify the structural characteristics, movements, and muscles acting as the major joints of the body.  The student will be able to select movements or exercises which utilize specific muscle groups and analyze the joint actions, muscle actions, and mechanical principles which apply to the performance of a specific movement.  Prerequisites: Biology 103 and 104; or Biology 310 and 350. Fall.
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Health 310.  Stats and Methods for Health Professions. Scientific method as the means through which knowledge advances in allied health fields. Developing and researching hypotheses, collecting data, testing hypotheses using appropriate statistical techniques, interpreting and reporting statistical results. Research methodology, descriptive statistics, and inferential statistics, as well as use of the computer software Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) to analyze data. Writing intensive.  Prerequisite: Psychology 120 and junior or senior class standing. 

Health 360. Exercise Physiology. This course is an introductory course in exercise physiology. It will introduce certain concepts of the “how and why” the body responds to both acute and chronic exercise stress.  Topics will include exercise metabolism, respiration, circulation, neuromuscular, hormonal, and environmental influences on exercise. Prerequisites:  Biology 103 and 104 (or Biology 310 and 350; Health 260 (Kinesiology); junior or senior class standing or permission of instructor. Spring. 

Health 361.  Management and Prevention of Sports Injuries. This course is an introduction to the principles and practices associated with sport and fitness injury management.  The course emphasizes the development of competencies in the recognition and treatment of injuries appropriate for professionals working with active populations.  Topics include injury mechanics, injury prevention strategies, and injury recognition and management.  Prerequisites: Biology 103 and 104; or Biology 310 and 350; and Health 260. Spring. 
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Health 385.2  Social Issues In Health Science. A capstone seminar for students in the health sciences major.  Guided readings and research to prepare students for graduate and professional study in allied health fields.  Students explore ethical and social issues related to health science (such as the debate regarding immunizations, homeopathic approaches to healing, obesity as a cause of illness vs. an illness in itself), and co-author research papers which include perspectives from their chosen/intended field of study.  Prerequisites: senior class standing; major in health sciences, nursing, or public health; other students by permission of instructor.

Allied Health Programs with Jefferson University

The preparatory programs in the areas listed below usually take two to four years of study. The student then applies for admission to Jefferson University, Philadelphia, for further clinical and didactic training. Jefferson University is responsible for the decision to admit the student. If accepted, the student matriculates at Jefferson University and earns a degree from there upon completion of the program in the field of his or her choice. Moravian College does not award specific degrees in allied health areas.

Students who select these preparatory programs follow a course of study that not only prepares them for entry into a program at Jefferson University but also provides the option of pursuing a bachelor's degree if they should decide to complete their education at Moravian.

Though Moravian College cannot guarantee a student's admission into the allied health programs at Jefferson University, its agreement with that institution enhances the opportunities of Moravian students to obtain bachelor’s degrees in cardiac sonography, computed tomography, general sonography, invasive cardiovascular technology, magnetic resonance imaging, medical dosimetry, nuclear medicine, radiography, radiation therapy, and vascular technology.

General Requirements for Allied Health Students

Students participating in any of the College’s allied health programs that require only three years of full-time work at Moravian should select Mathematics 107 to fulfill the Quantitative Reasoning (F2) requirement of Learning in Common. They complete the same Learning in Common requirements as other Moravian students (all F categories, plus 6 of 8 categories in the M and U categories, of which at least 1 must be a U course).

Jefferson offers baccalaureate, master's, and certificate programs in diagnostic imaging, laboratory sciences, nursing, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. Students who are interested in these programs should consult with the health professions advisor, Stephen Dunham, on application requirements and recommended courses.